ameliorate 2010.10.02
  • to make or become better; improve
  • an abrupt, often ludicrous change from the lofty to the ordinary or trivial in writing or speech; unintentional anticlimax
  • false pathos; sentimentality
  • hackneyed quality; triteness
catharsis 2010.09.30
  • purgation, esp. of the bowels
  • the purifying of the emotions or relieving of emotional tensions, esp. by art; concept applied originally by Aristotle to the effect of tragic drama on the audience
  • Psychiatry the alleviation of fear, problems, and complexes by bringing them to consciousness or giving them expression
  • A release of emotional tension after an overwhelming vicarious experience, resulting in the purging or purification of the emotions, as through watching a dramatic production (especially a tragedy).
comport 2010.12.05
  • to behave or conduct (oneself) in a specified manner
  • to agree or accord (with)
  • behave well or properly
conflagration 2010.12.05
  • a big, destructive fire
  • a very intense and uncontrolled fire
convivial 2010.11.11
  • having to do with a feast or festive activity
  • fond of eating, drinking, and good company; sociable; jovial
  • (of an atmosphere or event) Friendly, lively, and enjoyable
extemporaneous 2010.10.05
  • made, done, or spoken without any preparation; unpremeditated; offhand [an extemporaneous speech]
  • spoken with some preparation but not written out or memorized: distinguished from impromptu
  • speaking or adept at speaking without preparation
  • made for the occasion; improvised
fetid 2010.10.30
  • having a bad smell, as of decay; stinking; putrid
  • offensively malodorous
frenetic 2010.09.30
  • fast and energetic in a rather wild and uncontrolled way
  • frantic; frenzied
germane 2010.09.30
  • truly relevant; pertinent; to the point
hegemony 2010.12.05
  • leadership or dominance, esp. that of one state or nation over others
  • the dominance or leadership of one social group or nation over others
hubris 2010.09.30
  • wanton insolence or arrogance resulting from excessive pride or from passion
  • Extreme haughtiness or arrogance. Hubris often indicates a loss of touch with reality and overestimating one's own competence or capabilities, especially for people in positions of power.
  • Excessive pride, presumption or arrogance (originally toward the gods).
indict 2010.10.27
  • to charge with the commission of a crime; esp., to make a formal accusation against on the basis of positive legal evidence: usually said of the action of a grand jury
  • to accuse of wrongdoing; charge; To make a formal accusation or indictment against (a party) by the findings of a jury, especially a grand jury
incredulous 2010.11.28
  • unwilling or unable to believe; doubting; skeptical
  • showing doubt or disbelief [an incredulous look]
  • not disposed or willing to believe; unbelieving
inveigh 2010.10.02
  • to speak or write about with great hostility
  • to make a violent verbal attack; talk or write bitterly (against); rail
largess(e) 2010.10.03
  • generosity in bestowing money or gifts upon others
  • generous giving, as from a patron
  • a gift or gifts given in a generous, or sometimes showy, way
  • nobility of spirit
moribund 2010.10.08
  • dying
  • coming to an end
  • having little or no vital force left
ostensible 2010.10.08
  • apparent; seeming; professed
  • [Rare] clearly evident
  • shown outwardly
putative 2010.10.30
  • generally considered or deemed such; reputed [a putative ancestor]
redolent 2010.10.30
  • sweet-smelling; fragrant
  • smelling (of) [redolent of the ocean]
  • suggestive or evocative (of)
  • fragrant or aromatic; having a sweet scent; having the smell of; suggestive or reminiscent
  • [Now Rare] saying nothing; still
  • unspoken; silent
  • not expressed or declared openly, but implied or understood [tacit approval]
  • Law happening without contract but by operation of law
  • understood or implied but not specifically expressed
  • having or showing a wide knowledge gained from reading; learned; scholarly
pathos 2010.10.02
  • [Rare] suffering
  • the quality in something experienced or observed which arouses feelings of pity, sorrow, sympathy, or compassion
  • the feeling aroused
  • The quality in literature which stimulates pity, tenderness, or sorrow in the audience.
pedant 2010.09.30
  • a person that is excessively concerned with minor details and rules or with displaying academic learning
  • a person who puts unnecessary stress on minor or trivial points of learning, displaying a scholarship lacking in judgment or sense of proportion
  • a narrow-minded teacher who insists on exact adherence to a set of arbitrary rules
purview 2010.09.30
  • the scope of the influence or concerns of something
  • the body and scope of an act or bill
  • the extent or range of control, activity, or concern; province
  • range of sight or understanding
sanguine 2010.10.05
  • cheerful and confident; optimistic; hopeful
  • of the color of blood
satiated 2010.10.28
  • to provide with more than enough, so as to weary or disgust; glut; surfeit
  • [Now Rare] to satisfy to the full; gratify completely
  • supplied to satisfaction
stochastic 2010.10.07
  • of, pertaining to, or arising from chance; involving probability; random
  • designating a process in which a sequence of values is drawn from a corresponding sequence of jointly distributed random variables
  • being or having a random variable
tepid 2010.10.05
  • barely or moderately warm; lukewarm: said of liquids
  • lacking warmth of feeling or enthusiasm
vociferous 2010.10.07
  • loud, noisy, or vehement in making one's feelings known; clamorous
  • characterized by clamor or vehement outcry
  • blatant: conspicuously and offensively loud; given to vehement outcry
zeitgeist 2010.10.06
  • the spirit of the age; trend of thought and feeling in a period